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Place de la Bastille, Paris

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Straddling three arrondissements of Paris, Place de la Bastille marks the site of the former Bastille prison, once a symbol of royal authority in the city. On July 14, 1789, a group of roughly 1,000 Frenchmen fed up with abuses under the monarchy stormed the medieval fortress, spurring the beginning of the French Revolution. This day is commemorated each year in Paris and the rest of France as Bastille Day. Today, the busy square bears no lasting vestige of the building, but it remains a popular site of political demonstration and protest. To see where the prison's foundations once stood, follow a row of paving stones three across between boulevard Henri IV and rue St-Antoine. If you reach the important tourist destination by metro, pay attention to the markings on the platform of Line 5, which also trace the building's former foundations. Make Place de la Bastille part of your personalized Paris itinerary using our Paris itinerary planner.
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  • Because that right now in March 2017 is a go, is that they are doing something, so if you want to see advertising of slippers...
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  • Inescapable Parisian place, good restaurant nearby, bars, street of Lappe, Opera Bastille, Bastille Theatre, etc...
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  • You will probably pass through here because so many roads and Metro lines come together here. But it is not one of Paris' most beautiful spots, so probably not worth your time. It is indeed the locati...  more »